The Laughing in Taffeta Birthday Dress
For my birthday this year, I wanted something insane.
I like to get what I want.
I paired this Oscar de la Renta Silk Taffeta (sold out, but peep these Oscar silks) with Magenta Dotted Organza (don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s magenta for sure!), meaning to use the organza as a crinoline… but, well, plans (as usual) changed once I stared the yardage in the face.
I also paired up patterns: Cynthia Rowley 1802 and Simplicity 0320, heavily modified to get the look I wanted at the shoulder and back.
One could almost say ham handedly modified. I definitely over-handled those seams! Did I muslin? No. I used the “seam rip, stitch, repeat” method. You can see the silk was getting a little vexed with this decision on the front bodice. And either the dress is too tight in the back, or the just-off-the-shoulder-look meant I needed boning.
It fits comfortably enough for an evening of pizza though, so I’m not complaining!
Yes, I wore this out to birthday pizza, and felt splendidly overdressed. My thought was, I could always dissect the magenta away if I wanted a less costume-y party dress. But I literally cackle every time I look down at this combo, so I do believe they’ll be mates for some time…
Have you ever heard taffeta move? Such a delicious rustle! It’s like a slightly hollered whisper, egging you on to shake and shimmy and sway…
I’ll have some interior & close up shots coming up on my blog. There’s neon coral lining and invisible zip and tiny bows to see, oh my. The photographer, he is not so into the details, he’s a big picture kinda guy. But I do like his eye. Both of them, actually.
This one was a joy to make, and that’s exactly what I wanted for my birthday dress..FUN!
What’s the last thing you sewed purely for fun?